Director of McGill Percussion Ensemble
Aiyun Huang was winner of the First Prize as well as the Audience Award (Prix du Public) at the 2002 Geneva International Music Competition; the first prize in percussion has been awarded only three times in the competition’s 59-year history. She has appeared at the Carnegie Hall, Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra’s Green Umbrella Series, LACMA Concert Series, Holland Festival, Victoria Hall in Geneva, Agora Festival in Paris, rESOund Festival, Banff Arts Festival, 7eme Biennale d’Art Contemporaine de Lyon, Vancouver New Music Festival, CBC Radio, La Jolla Summerfest, Musik 3, The Old Globe Theater, Centro Nacional Di Las Artes in Mexico City, and National Concert Hall and Theater in Taipei.
She performs regularly with the percussion group Red Fish Blue Fish under the direction of Steven Schick, as well as Toca Loca, a group dedicated to expanding the possibilities of contemporary music.
Ms. Huang is devoted to the creation of new works for percussion. She has commissioned new works from numerous composers including: British composer Michael Finnisey, Canadian composers Rose Bolton, Linda Bouchard, Inouk Demers, Chris Paul Harman, Alice Ho, David Jaeger, Gary Kulesha and Heather Schmidt; American composers Rick Burkhardt, Sean Griffin, Derek Keller, Chris Mercer and Erik Ulman; Taiwanese composers Kuei-Ju Lin and Chia-Lin Pan.
Born in Taiwan, Ms. Huang immigrated to Canada when she was seventeen where she pursued her studies in percussion with members of Nexus. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree with honors from the University of Toronto, a Premier Prix from Conservatoire Nationale de Region de Rueil-Malmaison in France, a DMA degree from the University of California, San Diego.